A sweltering hot Stoke BC welcomed Somerset as they took on Warwickshire in the latest inter-county friendly. The game was reduced to 18 ends due to heat but Somerset proved too hot to handle winning 110 to 80.
Steve Martin (Grange), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Bruce Truman (Rugby Rail) and Tim Messinger (Wolvey) started well but the visitors kept the lead down to two after ten ends. A five helped the Bears get a good lead, six up with two ends left. Messinger and co doubled their lead with a penultimate end six and sealed victory with a last end double, final score 25-11. Phil Yeoman (Rugby Rail), Ray Harrison (Nuneaton), Brian Beere (Grange) and Senior Vice President Nigel Hewitson were five adrift at the midway point and slipped to nine down with three ends left. Hewitson’s rink cut the deficit to three but dropped a final end three to lose 13-19.
Barry Lines (Rugby), Nigel Malka (Oakfield), Graham Cluff (Whitnash) and Keith Hornsby (Three Spires) reached ten ends eight shots down but went on a five end scoring spree to lead by one. Somerset response was to shutout Hornsby and co, taking the game 21-14. Richard Weaving (Sherwood Park), Chris Vipond (Matrix), Tom Duggins (Executive) and Alan Hockin (Rugby Rail) took the first end but were eight down after the sixth end. They cut the deficit to five on the eleventh end but dropped a four straight after. A pretty even finish saw Hockin and co finish 19-9 down.
Paul Brown (Sherwood Park), Ian Box (Rugby Police), Ted Coupe (Southam) and Past President Geoff Moran were five down after ten ends but pulled back to trail by three with four ends to play. A three and five took Somerset clear leaving Moran’s rink on the wrong side of a 19-9 scoreline. Past President Graham O’Donohue, Barry Sheasby (Oakfield), David Vowles (Avon) and County President Peter Vale Humphries trailed for four early on but reached parity on the sixth end. A six helped the visitors take an eight shot lead with five ends to go and it was Somerset that finished strong, winning 21-10.